Haughey disappointed at low capital investment in Beaumont Hospital
€50 million proposed, €3 million delivered in 2017
Dublin Bay North Fianna Fáil TD Seán Haughey has expressed his disappointment and frustration at the lack of delivery in much needed developments in Beaumont Hospital.
“In its 2017 Operational Plan, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Hospital Group detailed a capital expenditure proposed programme with a cost of €99.3m, of which just over €50 million was proposed for Beaumont.”
“The major projects listed were €23.5 million for a new Emergency Department and €10 million for the 20 bed Cystic Fibrosis unit.”
“However figures provided in response to a parliamentary question I tabled, show that just €3 million was actually spent on capital developments during the year and no money was allocated for either the new Emergency Department or the new Cystic Fibrosis unit.”
“Pledges to complete both developments were also included in the National Development Plan but no timeframe before 2027 was provided. However given that action on both was also promised in the 2016 Programme for Government it is very disappointing that no progress was made on either in 2017.”
“We need to see a greater urgency in the delivery of these projects. Minister McGrath has commended himself on the inclusion of these developments in government plans but when it comes to delivery there is no cause for congratulation.”